Whether Decaf Or Regular, Coffee Seems To Be Good For Your Liver | HuffPost Healthy Living

See, coffee is health food!

Drinking decaffeinated coffee is just as helpful as drinking regular coffee is for maintaining a healthy liver, a new study finds.

Regardless of whether they drank decaf or regular, people in the study who drank large quantities of coffee on a daily basis had lower levels of abnormal liver enzymes, the researchers found. This suggests that a chemical in coffee other than caffeine may help the liver, the researchers said.

Other studies have found that drinking coffee is associated with lower risks of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and liver cancer.

“Prior research found that drinking coffee may have a possible protective effect on the liver,” lead researcher Dr. Qian Xiao, of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, said in a statement. “However, the evidence is not clear if that benefit may extend to decaffeinated coffee.”

Read more of this story by Laura Geggel on HuffPost Healthy Living.

Coffeehouse Observation No. 360 – Well, aren’t you Mr. Highsocks

You missed it! Guy just walked into a Starbucks in north Stockton wearing T-shirt, shorts, running shoes … and knee-high black socks. It was a fashion statement, I think. … Too quick for a photo, I’m afraid. … But there are some things that you simply cannot un-see.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 356 – Sunday coffee …

Sunday coffee. … And lots of it! At Empresso on the Miracle Mile in Stockton. … AC is off, though. Not so fun.

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Empresso wins again!

Meant to post this the other day. The coffeehouse I frequent won a local prize as the best coffeehouse in the area. I believe they have won this at least one other time. Cool!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 355 – No AC? I’ll take my coffee hot

The AC is down at the coffeehouse today. That would be a death sentence in California’s Central Valley in the summertime, but there’s a breeze coming in from the Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta that’s cooling things off just a bit. And they just cranked up some fans. It’s warm. Not particularly comfortable, but not bad, either.

Oh, and I ordered hot coffee, of course.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 353 – I see Jesus in my coffee

The baristas at Empresso, the coffeehouse inside The Empire Theater on the Miracle Mile in Stockton, know how to make coffee a religion.

Or, at least, they know how to put Jesus in the coffee.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 352 – Resolving to drink more coffee (No kidding!)

The new job has kept me away from blogging and has drastically cut into my very valuable coffeehouse time. It’s sad, really, to have to turn our backs on something as vital to our existence as coffee and the coffeehouse experience simply to make a living wage. Something is wrong in that. Especially since coffeehouses – most specifically Empresso on the Miracle Mile in Stockton – have provided a sanctuary during the two and a half years that I was unemployed.

So here are some coffeehouse resolutions for the new year.

Coffeehouse resolution No. 1: Drink more coffee. I know what you are thinking – is there really a need for this resolution? I mean, after all, “more coffee” makes complete sense. Resolving to drink less coffee would just be, well, silly.

Coffeehouse resolution No. 2: Drink more coffee. Yeah, it’s so important to the very fiber of 2012 that “Drink more coffee” is listed here twice.

Coffeehouse resolution No. 3: Learn more about coffee. You would think that I know a lot about coffee – and I do. But I consider it vital that I be a “lifelong learner” when it comes to coffee. I consider this an investment in continuing education.

Coffeehouse resolution No. 4: Be bolder when it comes to my caffeinated beverages. I tend to be in a rut when it comes to my beverage choices. I tend to go with straight coffee – mild rather than bold because I heard once that there was more caffeine in mild coffee. Usually Sumatra. No sugar or cream. I think it is time to branch out just a bit more.

Coffeehouse resolution No. 5: Visit more coffeehouses. I love Empresso – well, except for the occasionally four-legged creatures that that run across the old theater’s lobby floor. But other than that, it’s been a great place to look for work, get a caffeine high, and network just a bit. But I cannot help but think that I might find comparable features in other coffeehouses. We’ll see. Some changes might be “just too much.”

OK, that’s it for now. Have a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 351 – Harp music for the coffeehouse

Why, this is new. A woman is playing a harp in the coffeehouse. Not exactly the most portable instrument. … And her companion is a Chihuahua. I kid you not.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 350 – Back in the coffeehouse again

Today was the first chance in a couple of weeks to be able to sit and enjoy the coffeehouse. The new job has kept me busy, which is quite the opposite from a complaint. It’s very good to be busy. It’s very good to be employed. … But it has kept me away from what was a haven for two and a half years of unemployment. … I’m comfortable here at Empresso, but I do like the idea that I’m working.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 349 – Pavlov would hold back the food on this one

I’m not sure, but I’m pretty sure I just overheard a woman in the coffeehouse say: “It’s like Pavlov the Dog.” … No, seriously!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 348 – Tired, old pickup lines in the coffeehouse

A guy with a German Shepherd in the coffeehouse is killing time by hitting on the woman at the next table. From what I’ve been able to overhear, he’s doesn’t have a job or home – by choice, he says – and that he’s meandering his way to Tucson, Ariz., to end a relationship with a woman. He’s not looking forward to “doing the right thing” in breaking up with the Tucson woman, while he hits on the woman in the coffeehouse. Some guys have chutzpah!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 347 – Miles Davis, coffee do a soul good

“Birth of the Cool” … Miles Davis … It’s what does a soul good. … That and coffee.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 346 – Part of a balanced diet!

Coffee is essential for a well-balanced – yet caffeinated – diet!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 345 – On road to recovery

My BCC – blood coffee content – was low, but now I’m on my way to recovery with the third cup of the day.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 344 – Funny barista rant song!

[OK, this is funny. True, he might go a little overboard, but haven’t we all wanted to rant like this about something or other. Too bad Starbucks couldn’t take a freakin’ joke. – KM]

Starbucks barista disses picky patrons | CNN videos

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Coffeehouse observation No. 343 – Royalty in the coffeehouse

A princess just walked into the coffeehouse. … No, really, I swear! … OK, I’m not completely certain that she is true royalty. But she is wearing a lovely pink tutu and silver slippers, and carrying a Disney princess handbag. Oh, and she is about 2. So, she has to be someone’s princess, right?

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Coffeehouse observation No. 342 – What did I do to deserve this?

Annoying people keep showing up at the coffeehouse. I’m not sure what I did to deserve this, but I take it back. Whatever it was!

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Coffeehouse observation No. 341 – Well, pardon my space

They may need a traffic light at the coffeehouse door. A woman was just cut off by another woman just as they approached the door. Oddly, the woman who was cut off said “thank you” as the woman who cut her off briefly held open the door for her. I mean, she was very nearly slammed into and she says “thank you”? Better manners than I would have had in the situation. And certainly far better manners than the woman who cut her off.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 340 – How much is too much, er, Bebe?

How much is too much? Especially when it comes to designer crap, er, I mean, designer clothing. A woman is sitting out on the coffeehouse patio and she’s wearing a besparkled black Bebe baseball cap, a besparkled black Bebe tank top, and besparkled black Bebe flip-flops. … But at least she’s sitting with a woman wearing a Sick Puppies T-shirt. Bebe’s friend has her priorities straight – rock over Bebe.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 339 – Return of the housecoat

I was standing in line at the post office Tuesday when a woman walked in wearing slippers, white tube socks, a house coat – yep, they still make ’em – and a hairnet. She came in, dropped off her envelopes and shuffled out the door. Walking to the coffeehouse today, I spotted her. This time she was wearing a floral print dress that was probably made during the Kennedy administration. As I approached, she moved to her right as far as she could to avoid being within 20 feet of me. ‎… I’m struggling to find the normal in all this. But then again, it is Stockton.

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